XP seems to be in some sort of safe mode

February 5, 2011 at 07:09:53
Specs: Windows XP, Q6600/4gb DDR3
Hi all, im new here, and i really need some help

i have a windows XP, which was working fine, my brother came to use it, he says he felt the computer was slow, so he restarted it (we usually put it on hibernate, but this time he restarted it), he says when the windows was going to boot, there was a message or a screen which said there was some errors on E drive (this is the drive which windows is installed on), and that it needed to scan the drive, my brother scanned it and now it's acting very wierd.
some of the problems i have:

1. it only opens some programs (e.g. Firefox, Fifa 11) and it does not open some other programs (e.g. Yahoo messenger)

2. in the "Printers and Faxes" folder, all the printers installed are there, but i can not set any of them to "Default printer"

3. i installed one of the printers a few months ago, and back then, it said i had to register the printer within 5 days, and i did register it
and now again it's saying that i should register the printer within 5 days

4. since i live in UK, the '@' key is not on the same key as '2' rather its on the same key that the ' sign is on. i had this problem the first time i installed XP, but i sorted it out. and now it has taken the setting back to what it was

5. i can clearly see it has taken many (if not all) of the settings back, for example my cursor is moving slower (but i had set it to move faster)

6. the desktop's wallpaper is blue, i can change the color of it but it doesnt let me put a picture there

7. photoshop doesnt recognize any printers and therefore doesnt let me print anything

and the list goes on

it seems like as if it's in some sort of safe mode (?)
but it's not in safe mode

i would LOVE to avoid re installing the OS, because i have some programs on here which i have lost the CDs for


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#1
February 5, 2011 at 07:26:26
i believe my brother saw this screen when he didnt press anything and allowed the disk checking to take place

http://static.commentcamarche.net/e...


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#2
February 5, 2011 at 07:46:56
You shouldn't use hibernate on a desktop system, that is a feature designed for laptops & other mobile devices. If you're one of those people that leave their PC turned on 24/7, you should at least reboot occasionally, maybe once a week?

Why is XP installed on the E: drive (or partition)? That in itself could be a problem. Unless you have some sort of multi boot setup, it should be on C:.

Try using system restore.


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#3
February 5, 2011 at 07:57:19
the OS is on E drive because on the C drive i have Vista (which doesnt work anymore after i installed XP) and the D drive is full of files, thats why it's on D drive, but i dont see how that would cause any problem

everything was working fine before this disk checking


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#4
February 5, 2011 at 08:37:34
Did you use System Restore to fix XP like I suggested?

You need to repair the boot loader to get Vista to work again. You apparently didn't do your homework on how to create a dual boot setup when Vista is installed 1st. Here's the step-by-step guide:

http://apcmag.com/how_to_dual_boot_...

Here's where you'll find EasyBCD:

http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1


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#5
February 5, 2011 at 09:10:15
"there was a message or a screen which said there was some errors on E drive (this is the drive which windows is installed on), and that it needed to scan the drive, my brother scanned it and now it's acting very wierd."

Check your hard drive (the one the E partition is on) with the manufacturer's diagnostics.
See the latter part of response 1 in this:
http://www.computing.net/windows95/...

If you don't have a floppy drive, you can get a CD image diagnostic utility from most hard drive manufacturer's web sites, but obviously you would need to make a burned CD, preferably a CD-R for best compatibility, on another computer if you need to.

E.g.
Seagate's Seatools will test any brand of hard drive.
Do the long test.
http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.j...

If the hard drive itself tests okay, any data problems found can be fixed, one way or another.
......

If the hard drive itself tests okay.....

Boot the computer from an XP CD, load the Recovery Console, and try running
CHKDSK /R E:

For more info,
see response 11 in this:
http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

starting at, scroll down to "If that won't work....."

The only difference is you need to choose the number of the E:\Windows windows installation in the Recovery Console

and you need to run CHKDSK /R E: rather than
CHKDSK /R C:


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